Cake Talks About Catching Fire At New York City Show

Cake's fall tour in support of its just-released third album, "Prolonging the Magic," got off to an auspicious start on Monday, when a fire next door to the show's venue caused the band and the audience to be evacuated.

The concert, held at the Bowery Ballroom, was delayed for almost an hour as fireman battled the blaze, which was originally discovered by Cake's bassist, Gabe Nelson, whom the band jokingly credited with saving the day during an interview with MTV.

"Our bass player gets the Dalmatian award," Roper said, "he was on the roof with the guitar player [Xan McCurdy] and he came down the fire escape. He asked me to double-check that there was a fire. I went up, confirmed that there was a fire in the dumpster next door and then we evacuated the building for an hour. We had left the building by the time someone had announced there was a fire."

"Well," McCrea added,

"I was in the building after everyone had left. I was getting my guitar and our music equipment, which was the most important thing, really. Just cause [Todd's] drums weren't there."

"The entire audience was out on the street," he continued, "and the firemen were boldly penetrating the building and doing their masculine job and it was really great. They looked good and I wish they could have joined us onstage." [28.8 RealVideo]

The band remained in New York City for the rest of the week in order to tape a performance of its new single, "Never There," for the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show, which was scheduled to air tonight.

The other dates where you can catch Cake's combustible fall tour:

  • 10/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
  • 10/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
  • 11/2 - Chicago, IL @ Vic
  • 11/3 - Detroit, MI @ Clutch Cargo
  • 11/4 - Cleveland,

    OH @ Agora

  • 11/5 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
  • 11/7 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House
  • 11/10 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
  • 11/12 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
  • 11/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
  • 11/15 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
  • 11/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy
  • 11/20 - Birmingham, AL @ 5 Points South